We are here with Sofia Bekatorou, gold medallist at the Athens Olympics- and Athens also happens to be her hometown.
Sophia, how did the idea to have an all-female crew here on Skorpidi come about?
“It was an idea that originated with Ekaterina Skudina and the ClubSwan 36 owner Skorpidi’s. We used to sail together and then I coached her for the 2012 Olympics where she finished fourth. She wanted to create a Russian all-female team and I proposed we create a pool of girls, all very experienced, competitive sailors, and so we created this combined, multi-national crew. At the helm we have Anna Rybolovlev, it’s her first event here so it’s a big challenge for us and a great experience to sail with such a young skipper leading the team.